norite

[ nawr-ahyt ]
/ ˈnɔr aɪt /

noun

a granular igneous rock consisting of a mix of light and dark minerals, the former being calcic plagioclase feldspars, and the latter orthorhombic pyroxenes.

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Origin of norite

From the Norwegian word norit, dating back to 1875–80. See Norway, -ite1

OTHER WORDS FROM norite

nor·it·ic [naw-rit-ik] /nɔˈrɪt ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for norite

norite
/ (ˈnɔːraɪt) /

noun

a variety of gabbro composed mainly of hypersthene and labradorite feldspar

Word Origin for norite

C19: from Norwegian norit, from Norge Norway + -it -ite 1
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Scientific definitions for norite

norite
[ nôrīt ]

See gabbro.
A coarse-grained igneous rock, very similar to gabbro but containing orthopyroxene instead of clinopyroxene.
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